Judy Ann Fisher
September 15, 1939 — November 13, 2023
Judy Ann Fisher, 84, passed away on November 13, 2023, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center surrounded by much of her loving family and her husband, George.
Judy was born September 15, 1939, in Des Moines, Iowa to Edward and Thelma (Johnson) Welborn. She worked for the phone company for 27 years and was a bartender at La Pizza House for 24 years.
Judy met George on the Sunday school bus and instantly knew he was the guy she would marry. They were married in Des Moines in 1958. Together, they began what would become a large, loving family. In their earlier years, Judy and George were on many bowling teams, including traveling with family and friends to places like Reno, Vegas, and many others for bowling tournaments. They also enjoyed golfing and participated in many golf tournaments. Judy and George passed on their passion for bowling and golf to many of their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family time consisted of numerous camping trips and spending time at Lake Okoboji. Judy organized yearly Easter egg hunts and Halloween and Christmas parties for family and close friends - all were welcome!
Judy never stopped being a wonderful cook and avid baker – every year she would bake hundreds of sugar cookies for the grandkids and great-grandkids to decorate on Valentine’s Day, Halloween, and Christmas. She enjoyed making wedding and baby shower mints, as well as planning baby showers for each new baby to join the family. Her kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, and even great-great-grandkids enjoyed listening to Judy’s version of many nursery rhymes. You could often find her with a group of grandchildren or, more recently, great-grandchildren doing crafts, playing games like Skip-Bo, Uno, contract rummy, red-light-green-light, and hide-and-seek, or dancing the hokey pokey.
Judy cared deeply for all of her family and friends, evidenced in the way she stayed connected to all of them, even adapting to technology and FaceTiming or commenting on Facebook. In addition to staying connected to family and friends, Judy enjoyed watching tennis all hours of the day and would tell you Roger Federer was her favorite. Judy was a longtime fan of both the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Kansas City Chiefs, and she enjoyed watching football with family and friends and was always ready to chat about the most recent game. Judy was rarely seen without a book nearby, oftentimes reading an entire novel in less than a day and immediately picking up the next. She would then happily pass along her finished reads to family and friends and replenish her stack.
Judy was rarely seen without George and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Judy is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, George; children, Steve (Donna) Fisher, Debbie Long (Roy), Cindy (Ron) Riedesel, Nancy Jo (Roger) Snyder, and Scott (Echo) Foster; grandchildren, Adam (Tamara) Fisher, Stephen (Lisa) Fisher, Judy Fisher, Jesse (Heather) Fisher, Joey Long, Veronica (Matt) Evans, Katie (Randy) Dake, Amanda (Dustin) Etter, Erica Snyder, Monica (Drew) Hicks, Rebecca Snyder, Jessica Snyder, Avery White, Haylee White, Rylin Peacock and Eleanor Foster; 24 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; brothers, Ed (Marsha) Welborn and Doug (Jan) Welborn; sisters, Nancy (Mike) Rice and Diana (Bryan) Hudson; and many other loving family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; great-grandchildren, William, Lucas, and Evelyn; brother, Mark Welborn; and sister, Tegwyn Hill.
Funeral services will be held at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Street, Des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at 2:00 p.m., with visitation prior, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the family in loving memory of Judy.
Condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.